The NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2020 list has unveiled its first 90 names, and two Steelers find themselves inside the top 40. The Steelers have a total of three players on this years list, the first being Cameron Heyward who clocked in at number 84. Tuesday’s episode marked the debut of one Steelers player on the list and a massive rise from another.
Coming in at number 35 was Steelers safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick exploded onto the scene when he was acquired by the Steelers via trade two weeks into the 2019 season. In 14 games with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick picked up 5 interceptions, 9 passes defended, 2 touchdowns, and 57 tackles on route to both All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Fitzpatrick slotted in above other notable safeties including Tyrann Mathieu (39), Harrison Smith (64), and Earl Thomas (75).
The highest ranking Steelers player on the 2020 list was announced as T.J. Watt who came in at number 25. Watt slotted in at number 93 a year ago which is a difference of a whopping 68 spots from 2019.
T.J. capped off a defensive player of the year worthy season by making BOTH the first and second team All-Pro, as well as playing in his second consecutive Pro Bowl. Watt led the NFL in forced fumbles with 8, and nearly broke the Steelers sacks in a season record with 14.5 (James Harrison holds the record with 16 sacks in 2008). Interestingly enough, pass rushers Nick Bosa (17), Chandler Jones (15), Khalil Mack (19), and Cameron Jordan (23) all ranked above Watt on the list.
What do you think? Did the players get the Steelers rankings correct? Who would you add to this list and where would you rank them? Hit up the comments and the poll below to discuss!
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